Eat Cherries – You Don’t Need an Excuse

by KC Kudra

We all have cherished memories of eating perfectly ripe cherries on a summer’s day as children. There is no reason you cannot add to those memories, however – cherries are the ideal treat for people of all ages. Cherries are a good source of antioxidants and contain a lot of important vitamins and minerals – they contain vitamin C, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium, and beta-carotene. With all of these health benefits and such a great taste, it is no surprise that they are so popular.

It is easy to incorporate cherries into diet. They are sweet and delicious eaten out of hand, but can be used in a variety of ways. For example, dried cherries a great addition to your oatmeal or other hot cereal; they are also terrific in baked goods.

Dried cherries are less sweet than maple syrup or honey and are very healthy. Dried cherries are also a wonderful addition to trail mix, their color, and vitamin content being a welcome addition to the mix.

You can also use cherries in savory dishes like roast beef! Try this recipe to bring out some of the flavor of roast beef. The juice from the cherries helps to keep the meat moist and juicy and the cherries add a whole new dimension of flavor to the dish. Try making a sauce using the juice from one can of sweet dark cherries, horseradish, sauted shallots, tomato paste and a splash of port. You should simmer the sauce for about 15 minutes.

This will thicken slightly as it cooks; once thickened, remove from heat and strain, then cover. You can also sear the cherries and add them along with the sauce. If you want to create a more dramatic presentation, you can flamb the cherries.

When you are interested in adding cherries where you might not expect it, you can start with a cherry chili. 3/4ths a cup of fresh, chopped cherries, either tart or sweet, depending on taste and add them when you add the beans. You will find that the cherries will add in texture as well as taste. This is a great way to introduce chili to kids or even to friends who have a taste for the new and interesting.

In addition, when it comes to jell-o, do you need to an excuse to add cherries? Cherry jell-o is already one of the most popular flavors. You can make all sorts of desserts with cherry-enhanced jell-o, including jell-o cake, where jell-o and white cake are layered.

Mix fresh cherries and cherry jello with a little warm water to dissolve it then slightly chill and fold in some cool whip and it into a light and fruity icing for a jello layer cake or why not combine the this with the suggestion above to give it a total new twist. How about adding some nice dark cherries to a nice bowl of French vanilla ice cream and all of a sudden, you have a new flavor sensation.

Cherries are a delicious and healthy treat any time at all – go ahead and indulge! You can add them to diet in many different ways, do not be afraid to experiment a little and enjoy this favorite in new ways.

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